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December 2010

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Sundogs and Sunflowers dustjacket cover imageNDCA Announces a Groundbreaking Compilation 30 Years in the Making!
Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains is a groundbreaking compilation thirty years in the making celebrating the proud folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains. Published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA), it is compiled and edited by North Dakota State University Professor Emeritus Dr. Timothy J. Kloberdanz and NDCA folklorist Troyd A. Geist. Published collections of North American folkways seldom include folklore texts or representative traditions from the Great Plains region. Invariably, much attention is given to such areas of the country as New England, Appalachia, the Ozarks, and the Deep South. Duncan Emrich’s Folklore on the American Land, for example, runs more than 700 pages but other than for a few black-and-white photographs taken in the 1930s and 1940s, it is nearly impossible to find folklore examples from the northern plains. Sundogs and Sunflowers represents a concerted effort to remedy this oversight and to focus long overdue attention on the folk traditions of North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains. This 352 page, coffee-table-size, full color, hardcover volume features more than a thousand examples of folklore and folk art, as well as more than three hundred images. NDCA invites you to take a look at the short online video promotion via this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIDJ6zQstZ8. The book is only $34.95 plus tax and will be available for pick-up or delivery on December 7, 2010! For further information, or to order in time for the holidays, contact the NDCA at (701) 328-7590, or via email at comserv@nd.gov.

Join Governor and Mrs. Hoeven, and NDCA at the State Tree Lighting Ceremony December 6th!
The North Dakota Council on the Arts, along with the Governor’s Office and Facility Management, invites the general public to the Lighting Ceremony for the 2010 North Dakota State Christmas Tree. The ceremony will be conducted by Governor John Hoeven and First Lady Mikey Hoeven on Monday, December 6 at 5:00 p.m. in the Memorial Hall of the Capitol Building in Bismarck. Live entertainment will be provided by Joel Gilbertson, pianist; a brass ensemble of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra; and Dakota Stage Ltd. will perform an excerpt from “A Christmas Carol” directed by Michele Renner and Tom Chase. The ceremony is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony. The tree will be decorated with ornaments handmade by children, students, artists and craftspeople from all over North Dakota, as has been the tradition since 1981. This year 240 ornaments were donated to the State tree. A descriptive listing of the ornaments will be available at the ceremony.

Just in Time for the Holidays - Get Your Special Edition Ornament Today!
4th Annual Special Edition OrnamentThe North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) announces their fourth annual Special Edition Ornament which is now available for purchase. Sue Jacobson, the owner and operator of Sue’s Originals & More in Bottineau, was commissioned by NDCA to create a one-of-a-kind, porcelain ornament. Porcelain painting is done with a process developed over 1,000 years ago. Sue meticulously paints each individual design several times; each painting is followed by exposure to heat of approximately 1,400 degrees, making the designs permanent. Sue was the 2001 recipient of the “Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Arts Education.” Her work is owned by many dignitaries throughout the nation and the world. This ornament offers the opportunity to purchase a unique, hand-made Christmas decoration and/or gift, while investing in the arts across the state. Limited quantities will be available for $25.00 plus tax (includes gift box, shipping additional). Proceeds benefit the North Dakota Cultural Endowment Fund, which was created by the State Legislature in 1979 to assist NDCA in providing artistic opportunities for citizens throughout the state of North Dakota. **Limited quantities of the second and third annual Special Edition ornaments are also still available!** If you would like to purchase a Special Edition Ornament, please call (701) 328-7590. For more information, please visit www.nd.gov/arts.

Governor’s Awards for the Arts Call for Nominations
The North Dakota Governor’s Awards for the Arts program is presented by the Governor’s Office, NDCA, and Arts North Dakota to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to the arts in the state. Nominations are reviewed by NDCA, who then submits final candidates to the Governor for selection of the award winners. The awards will be presented at a special public event in Bismarck in April 2011. The Governor’s Awards for the Arts Call for Nominations deadline is January 14, 2011. Nomination categories include: Individual Achievement; Arts Organization; Arts in Education; and Private Business. The nomination form is available via this link.

Individual Artist Fellowship Online Applications Now Available
Online applications are now available for the Traditional Arts, Dance and Theatre Fellowship program. Final grant submission deadline is February 15, 2011. Early submission is strongly encouraged for all programs. You can access NDCA’s online grant system at http://northdakota.cgweb.org. For more information or questions, please contact NDCA at (701) 328-7590; or visit our web site at: www.nd.gov/arts/grants/IAFguidelines.html.

Bottineau, North Dakota Artist Passed Away
Arlen Evensen was born and raised in North Dakota, moved away for a while, but moved back to North Dakota in 1987 to live in the Turtle Mountains. He started carving ducks and wildlife when he came back to North Dakota. He attended many art and carving shows and received numerous Best of Show and blue ribbons. He attended the Charlie Russell Art Shows in Great Falls for several years, wild life art shows in Minneapolis, and many others in the upper Midwest. He was self taught in both carving and sculpture and taught both around North Dakota. Arlen produced two larger than life size statues in bronze. One of them is of Leif Eriksson in the ScandinavianHeritagePark in Minot, ND. The other is in Bottineau, ND and is 7 ft. 3 inches tall, of a famous guide and explorer, Pierre Bottineau, who the city was named after. A lot of his inspiration came from the beautiful surroundings he lived in.
~ http://www.turtlemountainartworks.com/about%20the%20artist.htm.
Arlen has art work featured in the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ upcoming publication entitled Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains. He was also an Artist in Residence in 2009 at the Lake Metigoshe State Park through a partnership program between the State Parks and Recreation, and NDCA. Arlen Evensen, 69, died Wednesday, November 17, 2010, in his home. He was born December 9, 1940, to Eldou and Hazel Evensen, in Minot. NDCA would like to offer their sincere condolences to Arlen’s family and friends.

Grand Forks Artist and Students Selected to Create State Ornaments for 2010 National Christmas Tree Lighting
Paula Kallinen and the students of Holy Family/St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School in Grand Forks, North Dakota, has been selected to create the state tree ornaments for North Dakota to be featured at this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting event hosted by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. The event will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 5:00 p.m., on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C. "We would like to thank the National Park Service. We were very excited to be asked to participate in this event. We are proud of the country in which we live and felt it was a great honor to share our spirit of Christmas and creativity with the nation. It is a memory we will reflect on with great pride for years to come." ~ Paula Kallinen. This year, one artist and youth group were selected from each US state, territory and the District of Columbia to design and create 26 ornaments. Twenty-five of the ornaments will be hung from the state or territorial tree as part of the National Christmas Tree display on the Ellipse. One of the ornaments will decorate the White House Visitor Center Christmas tree which showcases each state/territory ornament. As one of our country’s oldest holiday traditions, the National Christmas Tree Lighting began on Christmas Eve in 1923, when President Calvin Coolidge lit a Christmas tree in front of 3,000 spectators on the Ellipse. Since 1923, each succeeding President has carried on the tradition of what now has become a month-long event presented by the National Park Foundation and National Park Service. In addition to the National Christmas Tree display, the Ellipse hosts a variety of family-oriented holiday attractions, such as the Santa’s Workshop, nightly holiday performances, a Yule log, nativity scene, and model train display.

Opportunity for ND High School Students to Participate in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest
NDCA invites high school teachers and students to participate in Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest - an exciting program which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry. The program encourages students to learn through memorization and performance, which helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and internalize our rich literary heritage. Thousands of high school students in grades nine through twelve from across the nation participated in Poetry Out Loud this past year. The competition begins at the classroom level, with winners advancing to a school-wide competition, then to State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, ND, on March 15, 2011. One student from each state competes at the National Finals in Washington, DC, in April 27-29, 2011, where $50,000 dollars in scholarships and school prizes will be awarded. The NEA and the Poetry Foundation provide free curriculum materials for use by participating schools. These materials include print and online anthologies containing more than 400 classic and contemporary poems; a web site (www.poetryoutloud.org); a teacher’s guide to help instructors teach recitation and performance; and a CD featuring well-known actors and writers. To learn more about Poetry Out Loud or to register for materials contact: Linda Ehreth, North Dakota Council on the Arts, 1600 E. Century Ave., Suite 6, Bismarck, ND 58503; Telephone: (701) 328-7593; E-mail: lehreth@nd.gov. A registration form is available at www.nd.gov/arts/whatsnew/POL.html. Registration deadline is January 14, 2011.


North Dakota School is Recipient of NEA's Challenge America Fast Track Grant
The Challenge America Fast Track grants offer support primarily to smaller and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, demographics, economics, or disability. In this funding round, 170 projects are recommended for support of $10,000 each for a total of $1.7 million. Circle of Nations School, Inc. in Wahpeton, ND applied to support the Native Art/Literacy Videography Integration Project, featuring guest artist videographer Mike Hazard and folk artist Anthony Richard "Miskomin" LaFromboise. LaFromboise will teach the Ojibway traditional art of birch bark basketmaking to Circle of Nations students and the work will be shared with the general public through exhibits, artist discussions, and the screening of a student-made documentary film that will be created under the direction of Hazard. To learn more, visit http://arts.endow.gov/news/news10/grant-announcement-november.html.

The Big Read is Now Accepting Applications

The Big Read is a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with Arts Midwest designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture, and is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations seeking funding to conduct month-long, community-wide reads September 2011–June 2012. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read will receive a grant ranging from $2,500–$20,000; access to online training resources, educational, and promotional materials; inclusion of your organization and activities on The Big Read website; and the prestige of participating in a highly visible national program. The deadline is February 1, 2011. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected by a panel of experts. For more information and to apply, visit http://neabigread.org/application_process.php.

A New Report on Arts and Social Change Grantmaking is Now Available
"Trend or Tipping Point: Arts & Social Change Grantmaking," a study developed by Animating Democracy, a program of Americans for the Arts, assembles a first-time portrait of arts funders, social change funders, and others supporting civic engagement and social change through arts and cultural strategies. The report characterizes the nature of support from both private and public sectors, examining how grantmakers think about social change and what outcomes they are looking for through their support. It includes a companion online Directory of Funders that profiles more than 150 grantmakers who support arts strategies to make community, social, and civic change. For more information contact Animating Democracy Program Coordinator Joanna Chin at jchin@artsusa.org; or visit http://impact.animatingdemocracy.org/arts-social-change-grantmaking-report-2010.

President Obama Names VSA Founder as a Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Barack Obama named fifteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The awards will be presented at a White House ceremony early next year. Congratulations to Jean Kennedy Smith. In 1974, Ambassador Smith founded VSA, a non-profit organization affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center that promotes the artistic talents of children, youth and adults with disabilities. From 1993 to 1998, Smith served as U. S. Ambassador to Ireland, and played a pivotal role in the peace process. Smith is the youngest daughter of Joseph and Rose Kennedy and is the Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Kennedy Center.
~ www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/11/17/president-obama-names-presidential-medal-freedom-recipients

Speak Up National Research Project
The Speak Up National Research Project provides participating organizations with a quick and easy way to collect authentic feedback from their students, teachers and parents on important education issues - and to ensure that the voices of your stakeholders are heard in Washington DC and your state capitol. Survey results will be available to participating schools and districts, online, free-of-charge, beginning in Feb 2011. Speak Up 2010 national findings will be released beginning spring 2011 through a variety of venues, including: Congressional Briefings in Washington, DC, national and regional conferences, and this website: www.tomorrow.org/speakup. Speak Up gives individuals the opportunity to share their viewpoints about key educational issues. All districts and schools, in the current NCES database, are automatically pre-registered to participate in Speak Up. To participate in the survey and obtain free, online access to your school or district’s aggregated results, your registration must be activated. To register your district or school, click visit: www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010/SelectOrganizationType.aspx. Surveys are open through January 21, 2011. To take the survey, visit www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2010.


2011 Fargo Film Festival, March 1-5, 2011
Submissions are arriving daily for the 2011 Fargo Film Festival, March 1-5, 2011.  If you are a moviemaker seeking an opportunity to have your work judged for competition in North Dakota’s premier film festival, complete an entry form and send us your work.  The festival’s regular postmark deadline is December 1, 2010, but there is still a late postmark deadline of January 12, 2011 available ($40 Standard Entry Fee, $30 Student Entry Fee). Send all entries to: Fargo Film Festival, 314 Broadway, Fargo ND, 58102. For more information, visit http://www.fargofilmfestival.org.

Artists Celebrating Christ

Call for artists! ACC, Artists Celebrating Christ is continuing with plans for another great event, taking place March 31–April 3, 2011. The University of Mary’s Benedictine Center is the host location for this event, showcasing beautiful art pieces of faith, liturgical décor, music and more. Registration deadline for entry is February 12, 2011. For more info call (701) 255-7312, E-mail info@accartshow.com; or visit the web site at www.accartshow.com.

Art Fest Applications Now Available for Artists, Artisans, Performers and Concessionaires
Admire the art. Savor the food. Breathe in the outdoors. Feel the sun. Tune in to new music. Introduce your senses to 145+ artists, more than 20 performance groups, and 16+ concessioners at the 2011 Grand Cities Art Fest June 11 and 12 in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Art Fest is a diverse gathering of local artistic talent and entertainment that highlights our region’s unique culture. Shop for fine art and homemade crafts, spark your kids’ imaginations with child-centered craft making, experience live, local music and see Town Square come alive as artists turn raw materials into original masterpieces at “Arts in Action” – all framed by the scenic banks of the
Red River of the North. Visit www.novac.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=77299 to download your application. If you would like a paper copy, please e-mail your address and which type of application you would like to info@novac.org. Paper copies will be mailed to previous participants. Applications due March 11, 2011.

**Check out the upcoming Events and Exhibits listed on NDCA's regional calendars, and for more information, visit North Dakota's Statewide Arts Calendar at www.culturepulse.org. If you have events, exhibits or artist opportunities that you would like included on the NDCA web site, please email them to comserv@nd.gov.

Check out the current Arts Opportunities available on the NDCA web site!


Outdoor Arts Festivals Are Gateways to Arts Attendance
In a first-of-its-kind report, Live from Your Neighborhood: A National Study of Outdoor Arts Festivals finds outdoor arts festivals attract a range of audiences, they enhance their communities as creative placemakers, and they are a gateway to arts attendance. Live from Your Neighborhood is the first-ever survey of U.S. outdoor arts festivals. The survey analyzes data from 1,413 outdoor festivals in nearly every state and Washington, DC. The survey reflects a cross-section of outdoor arts festivals in artistic disciplines such as music, visual arts and crafts, dance, folk and traditional arts, theater, literature, and film. Festival audiences, programming, staffing, and finances are also reviewed. Seven case studies profile a variety of outdoor festivals in large and small communities around the country, such as the Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts and the Tamejavi Festival in Fresno, California. Arts festivals are one of the most popular arts activities according to the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, reflecting the growing demand for informal and interactive arts experiences. For more information and to view the report, visit www.arts.gov/news/news10/NEA-Festivals-Report.html.


CulturePulse.org, the ARTbeat of North Dakota
CulturePulse.org is the North Dakota Statewide Arts Calendar. To learn more about all of the exciting arts and cultural activities happening throughout the state, and to view North Dakota artist profiles, be sure to visit www.culturepulse.org. Artists, organizations and venues - if you have not yet done so - be sure to get your art and cultural information listed on CulturePulse.org! Did you know CulturePulse.org now has a Facebook fan page? Stay on top of all of the latest arts and cultural information by becoming a fan at www.facebook.com/culturepulse. To learn how to enter your information on CulturePulse.org, an informational video is available at www.culturepulsemedia.com/2009/09/training-introduction-to-culture-pulse.

Sign Up for Your Free Duns & Bradstreet Number
Art organizations are encouraged to sign up for a free Duns & Bradstreet number, which allows your organization to be counted in national arts data. It takes 30 days to get a new DUNS number, apply at http://www.dnb.com.

Nonprofits Organizations - Learn How to Save $$$ on Your Technology Needs!
TechSoup Stock is the technology product philanthropy service just for nonprofits. Launched by TechSoup Global in January 2002 (as DiscounTech), this service is a unique collaboration with corporate and nonprofit technology providers. Thanks to their partners' generous product donations and discounts, TechSoup Stock is able to facilitate and distribute multiple product philanthropy programs in a centralized, Web-based platform. They work to foster social change in two ways: by helping nonprofits to save money for mission-critical work when acquiring technology and by helping nonprofits use this technology even more effectively. To learn more, visit http://www.techsoup.org/stock/aboutus.asp.

Applying for 501(c) Status Without a Lawyer
The IRS has created a new website (http://www.stayexempt.org/) that enables new organizations to apply for 501(c) status without using a lawyer. This site is helpful and easy to follow.

Art Calendar
Art Calendar is the industry’s foremost business magazine for visual artists. Founded in 1986, Art Calendar acts as a beacon to guide artists on their journey toward making a living with their art. Written by knowledgeable industry pros and successful working artists, Art Calendar offers practical business advice on subjects such as art marketing, art law, portfolio development, exhibition presentation, communication skills and sales techniques, as well as advanced technical applications of photography, computer and Web tools. It also offers the most extensive and recent listings of Calls to Artists, including galleries reviewing portfolios, juried competitions, grants, fellowships, festivals, publishing opportunities and residencies. Best described as “The Artist’s Guide to Making It,” Art Calendar is the only subscription-driven, business-oriented magazine published specifically for visual artists. Art Calendar enables professional artists to make a living doing what they love. Offering innovative ideas, along with all of the necessary tools to sell their work and further their careers, Art Calendar has established itself as the ultimate resource for visual artists. http://www.artcalendar.com/; http://www.artscuttlebutt.com/; http://www.craftercircle.com/.

Sell Your Arts/Crafts Online at PrairieWorksMall.com
Prairie Works is organized to empower rural and isolated North Dakota artists and artisans to market their crafts and gain access to professional networks. Its purpose is to promote access to, and development of, arts in rural and tribal communities in North Dakota. Prairie Works is an organization founded to continue the art and craft heritage of rural ND artists by providing a source to market and sell their creative products. Prairie Works is providing the On-Line Gallery, a web site to sell art and craft work that ND artists, crafters and art entrepreneurs have created. The arts/crafts of Prairie Works will consist of quality, originality, creativity, and use of appropriate techniques. All work must be handmade by the ND artisan. For more information; to become a member; and/or to sell your arts/crafts online, please visit http://www.prairieworksmall.com/.

Online Arts Job Resource
Americans for the Arts have created an online arts job resource for employers and employees to come together. This new resource can be accessed by visiting http://jobbank.artsusa.org/search.cfm.

Prairie Independent
Introducing the "Prairie Independent" Bismarck-Mandan's newest community newspaper of people, places and events. The "Prairie Independent" is available at over 130 locations including community coffee shops, restaurants, waiting rooms, bars, entertainment centers, convenience stores, churches and at the Prairie Independent office. The "Prairie Independent" is a Free publication, if you are interested in advertising availability or offering the "Prairie Independent" to your customers, please contact Don Morrison at don@ndpeople.org, or 527-0060.

Self Employment in the Arts (SEA)
The focus of SEA is on the business of art. SEA was created with the idea that more artists will succeed if they have business skills, knowledge, resources, and contacts. Through artist-led conferences, a website full of resources and articles, and educational tools like the award winning Entrepreneurial Artist DVD; SEA helps artists turn their passions into a living. SEA is for college students, serious high school students, artists, and educators. Their mission is to provide educational resources to help aspiring artists gain the entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to establish and maintain a career as an independent artist. more on SEA...

"Tools for Results" Tool-Kit - a Resource for Non-profit Arts and Cultural Organizations
The Texas Commission on the Arts "Tools for Results" Tool-kit was developed as a resource for non-profit arts and cultural organizations in Texas and beyond. The Tool-kit is a collaborative project made possible with the help of many organizations that generously agreed to share their resources. The Tool-kit covers six topic areas: Fundraising & Development, Programs & Exhibitions, Cultural Tourism, Marketing, Advocacy, and Nonprofit Basics. Each section covers the basics, relevant concepts, best practices, things to consider, ideas for implementing change, common mistakes, ways to get started, do’s and don’ts, and how-to’s on a variety of topics. The “tools” are the sample forms, letters, documents, checklists, templates, and other resources. The intention is for nonprofits to take these “tools” and adapt them for their own purposes.

United States Artists (USA)
USA is a new organization dedicated to the support of America's finest living artists. Artists now have a home where they may find significant private funding to ignite the creativity that makes this country great. USA was launched in September 2005 with $20 million in seed funding provided by a coalition of leading foundations—Ford, Rockefeller, Prudential, and Rasmuson—in an act of unprecedented private investment in individual artists and the creative potential of America. Their initial investment enables them to pilot the USA Fellows program, awarding unrestricted $50,000 grants to fifty artists each year beginning in 2006. USA's long-term vision is to create an organization dedicated to the unlimited promise of our finest artists. Their horizon line is not three, five, or 25 years, but rather 100 years and beyond. Building on their base of private funding, their aspiration is to be permanently endowed. more on United States Artists…

Artists' Health Insurance Resource Center
The Artists’ Health Insurance Resource Center (AHIRC) database was created in 1998 by The Actors’ Fund of America, with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as a health insurance resource for artists and people in the entertainment industry. Since then, with support from The Commonwealth Fund, it has expanded to include resources for the self-employed, low-income workers, the under-insured, the uninsured who require medical care and many other groups. For more information visit: http://www.ahirc.org/; for a direct link to North Dakota resources, visit: http://www.ahirc.org/facet/field_ahirc_scope_0%3A%22ND%22+field_national%3A%22National%22.

Additional Web Sites
The following Web sites have resources that may be of service to educators, individual artists, and arts organizations including funding and other opportunities, publications, arts events, etc:

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